Most of us are accustomed to hearing about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in connection with soldiers and sailors who have served in battle. We associate it with images of Viet Nam, and the various wars that have occurred – and are occurring – in the Persian Gulf region, and in places like Afghanistan.
The reality is that PTSD can happen to anyone who has been through a traumatic situation. One group of likely sufferers is comprised of emergency first responders – the men and women of local police, fire and paramedic departments who are first on the scene when a disaster takes place. [Read more…]